MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The Case for Strengthening National and Local Partnership-Based Humanitarian Responses

Author: Written by Ben Ramalingam, Bill Gray and Giorgia Cerruti. 01 Apr 2014

Partnerships with national and local actors have long been identified as a source of problems in international humanitarian aid. Major evaluations of numerous high profile humanitarian crises – most notably that of the Indian Ocean tsunami – have identified insufficient investment in, and commitment to, such partnerships as the biggest hinderance to effective performance.

The reality is that efforts to work with national and local actors do not play a central role in the majority of international humanitarian work. This amounts to a longstanding systemic issue for the sector as a whole, which has persisted despite the efforts made by individual agencies to invest time and effort in this area..please click on the following link for more information and to dowwnload the full report, http://www.alnap.org/resource/8890.aspx

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Author: Somalia NGO Consortium.25 Nov 2013

The main objectie of this research commissioned by the Risk Management and Accountability working group is to map out and analyse NGO accountability standards and approaches to risk management and mitigation in Somalia. The aim is to identify synergies and points of commonality, as well as to assess gaps and areas that need improvement.

Ultimately, the goal is to improve programme quality through increased accountability, not just to donors, but also to Somali beneficiary communities. A secondary benefit of the study is that it should also promote dialogue and learning. The intention is to promote the benefits of sharing, with a view to different players learning from one another, and holding a more open conversation about the effectiveness of various risk management techniques.

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Author: Somalia Cash Consortium.01 Apr 2013

Since mid-2011, the Cash Consortium has been providing access to food and other non-food items through unconditional cash grants for the most vulnerable populations in South Central Somalia. The context is highly challenging, due to continuing conflict, lack of governance, high criminality and low levels of humanitarian access to affected populations.

In response to difficulties encountered in the field and the findings of the external evaluation, this document has been written to articulate the Cash Consortium's position on mitigating risk in general, including the risks of diversion and fraud. It updates and complements the risk mitigation strategy which was developed in 2011, and is based on a number of sources: interviews with each agency's field teams, discussions with technical staff and country directors, a format/tool developed by Save the Children that draws on standard operating procedures for cash programming (Annex 1) and a review of other literature concerning risk mitigation, including research and guidelines consolidated through the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP).

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WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP: Experiences from the 2011 Somalia crisis

Author: CARE. 25 Aug 2013

Like many NGOs, CARE International has Long promoted working with Local institutions in its development work to support local capacity, ownership and sustainability. More recently, partnering has also started to play a more important role in emergencies, wherein Local partners and local communities are not only at the heart of the response, but are also involved in prevention and preparedness right through to early recovery and longer-term development.

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